Sunday, June 08, 2008

Iraq 1 v Socceroos 0, China 0 v Qatar 1: Thud

Pim's excellent Socceroos adventure is over. A magnificent curling lob from distance on the left to the top right corner ended Australia's qualifying clean sheet. Now the implications of the closeness of the group have become clear. Australia, this time looking unable to muster much in the final third, must beat the Brazilian Qatar in the heat or wounded pride China in perfect playing conditions.

China went down 1 nil as the result of a very soft penalty call - high ball from the right - defender and naturalised Brazilian both go down - penalty.

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